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Summary Lord Rochester's Monkey: Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ä [Reading] ➸ Lord Rochester's Monkey: Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester By Graham Greene – joined in his erotic escapades and rewarded him with distinctions Yet the last thirteen years of his life were clouded by the fumes of drink and literary uarrels On his deathbed in he was only he called for Dr Burnet and repented His friend Etheridge wrote of him I know he is a devil but had something of the angel yet undefac'd in hi. John Wilmot Earl of Rochester was a noble rake and poet in the Stuart court His gift for words was matched only by his taste for dissolution alcohol and women As an example he's the author of the epigram that King Charles II never said a foolish thing nor ever did a wise one King Charles is said to have replied That is true for my words are my own but my actions are those of my ministers This Greene biography of Rochester rescued the poet briefly from obscurity but he was one of the most talented wits of an era that prized wit Interesting that Greene decided to write a biography of this man with whom latter day biographies indicate he shared some vices

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E most Rochester's Monkey Being the Life PDFEPUBprominent of rakes He was also a fine lyrical and satirical poet whose work in Greene's opinion has been greatly underestimated being overshadowed by his life of lechery and drunkenness wild pranks and practical jokes At court Charles II suffered but respected Rochester's coruscating satir. This book is a bit of an anomaly the kind of book that most people wouldn’t know about despite the fact that it’s written by a celebrated author a man who’s usually grouped under ‘classics‘ in the bookshop Lord Rochester’s Monkey is in fact a thoroughly interesting read whether you’re interested in history or notLoosely speaking it’s a biography of “Restoration rake and poet” John Wilmot the Second Earl of Rochester who was “famed for his lecheries wild pranks and drunkenness feared for his biting wit” Now I’d never heard of the guy but despite the fact that it could’ve been a biography of anyone for all I cared and the fact that I was reading it because of an interest in the author himself and not his subject matter I actually enjoyed learning about Wilmot and the court of Charles IIThat said I wouldn’t read it again – it was interesting sure but it wasn’t that interesting and one long session of learning about John Wilmot is enough for me I wish I knew a little about why Greene chose Wilmot in the first place – perhaps there was a personal reason for it or perhaps it’s just because Wilmot was “one of the finest poets of his age”

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